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Are Ductless Mini-Splits Troublesome?

By National Refrigeration March 6, 2020

Ductless mini-splits are growing in popularity all across cold-weather climates like the Northeast, according to one HVAC manufacturer representative interviewed for the HVAC industry newsletter, The NEWS.

She said her company is “seeing wider recognition among homeowners and HVAC contractors of how modern heat pumps can condition homes of all different sizes and in a variety of climates—including colder climates in the Northeast and Midwest.”

In Warwick and all over Rhode Island, we also see more customers choosing heat pumps and specifically ductless mini-splits as a year-round option for heating, cooling, and humidity control.

Here are 7 benefits of a ductless mini-split system.

HVAC jobs get done in any weather by National Refrigeration.

Do ductless mini-splits save money?

Findings from the Center for Energy and Environment point to: Yes!

A study on cold-climate air-source heat pumps (ccASHP) done by the center examined ducted and ductless systems, as well as ccASHP systems used in conjunction with alternate-fuel backups, including electric and propane.

Overall, homeowners saw an average cost reduction of:

  • 41% when using ccASHP systems
  • 54% when using ductless systems alone

The Carrier Infinity 20 Heat Pump with Greenspeed Intelligence was used in the study. Learn more about availability from an authorized dealer in Rhode Island.

Lower energy costs with ENERGY STAR-rated equipment in Rhode Island.

You’ve heard ductless mini-splits are trouble prone?

Purchasing an HVAC system isn’t like buying a refrigerator. When you buy a refrigerator, the equipment is expected to run out of the box. However, HVAC equipment is only as good as the installers. Untrained HVAC installers can turn a top-of-the-line mini-split into a disastrous mess. But, the best installers can’t improve cheap equipment.

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Pay for good brands and factory-trained installers.

“You get what you pay for,” may sound like your father’s cranky advice, but there’s a lot of truth to that old saying.

Ductless mini-splits are big business. The global market for mini-splits is assessed at $78.62 billion, according to MarketsandMarkets. Industry experts predict the mini-split market will grow at a compounded annual rate of 8% through 2021. There are a lot of cheap units on the market made by companies trying to get in on it. Untrained HVAC technicians installing these cheap mini-split units is a no-win situation for the homeowner.

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Most heating and cooling experts will say, “A good brand installed by a good technician should be extremely reliable.”

Here are 3 common problems caused by untrained HVAC installers:

1. The system is undersized.

A lot goes into determining the proper size ductless split for the living space you need to climate control.
Playing it safe by going too big can unnecessarily increase your startup costs. Saving money by going smaller can leave your system underpowered, which impacts performance.
Authorized dealers are trained by the manufacturer on how equipment functions and the best way to configure various components. Having a factory-trained HVAC technician custom-fit an energy-efficient mini-split unit to your home’s needs will get the best long-term energy savings.

2. The indoor air handler sags.

One of the advantages of a ductless mini-split is the easy installation.
A simple three-inch hole in an exterior wall is the most demolition required to install a complete system.
That’s the easy part. Properly installing a mini-split system for optimal performance takes training experience.
Untrained installers may not properly mount the air handler to the wall causing the unit to pull off the wall.
Or worse, inexperienced installers may not adequately tighten the condensate line and water can leak behind the wall. Once the drywall gets soggy, the handler will droop and mildew and mold are certain to appear.

3. No preventative maintenance.

Bargain mini-split equipment and installation is typically a one-shot deal.
Those HVAC contractors can’t afford to stand behind their work.
The most-recommended HVAC contractors offer preventative maintenance plans to keep customers’ equipment running at peak performance and provide 24/7 emergency service.
HVAC equipment loses roughly 5% efficiency every time annual maintenance is skipped, according to ConsumersAdvocate.org.
Refrigerant leaks, dirty air filters, dirty coils, and a host of other symptoms can all be caught early by regular service from trained technicians—before you’re stuck with costly replace or equipment replacement.

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